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Meet Our Team

Jolie Merrill, LCSW

Partner, Therapist 

Jolie is a LCSW who received her graduate degree from Keuka College. Prior to obtaining her Master’s degree in Social Work, Jolie studied American Sign Language at Daemen College. She has extensive experience working with women who have been victims of domestic violence and struggle with PTSD. Jolie is an EMDR therapist and utilizes Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing as a form of psychotherapy with clients who have a history of trauma in order to reduce feelings of distress affiliated with their traumatic memories. She specializes in TF-CBT, Motivational Interviewing, CBT and CPT. Additionally, Jolie is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She also has broad experience in the areas of drug and alcohol treatment, with several years of experience as a Clinical Director as well as an Admissions Director for an inpatient drug and alcohol program offering her a unique ability to work as an advocate between clients and other treatment providers.  


Jennifer Close, LCSW-R

Partner, Therapist 

Jennifer is a LCSW-R who received her graduate degree from SUNY University at Buffalo. She has special training and interest in working with trauma providing EMDR as a therapeutic tool.  Research shows that the best predictor of a good therapy outcome is a strong therapeutic alliance, so Jennifer makes the therapeutic relationship a priority. Her way of being with  clients often feels client-focused and relational, incorporating a variety of treatment interventions to help resolve long-standing issues, build coping skills, and learn stress reduction techniques. These interventions may include guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, grounding skills, and EMDR.  She is also trained in TF-CBT,  DBT, Motivational Interviewing, CPT, Solution-Focused Therapy, the Flash Technique and strength-based approaches. Her clinical interest is in working with young adults ages 18-25 coping with trauma and life transitions.  Jennifer lives in the country with her husband and two German Shepherds, Millie and Waylon.  When not working with clients, she enjoys animals, the outdoors, gardening, cooking/baking, and reading.

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